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A Fanboy Thrilled

Tuesday, June 14th, 2011

 

Writers are big readers. They have to be. It’s something I always stress to kids when I do creative writing classes in schools – you want to be a writer? Then the first thing you have to be is a reader. A wannabe builder wouldn’t start his career without the guidance of an experienced mentor, and it’s the same with writers. We need guidance, someone to show us the tools of the trade and how to use them effectively. Unfortunately there isn’t an apprentice scheme for scribes. We can’t just pop round to our favourite writer’s house and ask to stand over his or her shoulder while they hammer out their words.  There’s really only one way a writer can learn his craft, and that’s by reading – observing from a distance the way in which experienced artisans ply their trade, picking up tips from a growing, often intuitive understanding of how words are put together. Then it’s just a matter of lots and lots of practice.

Reading a lot will inevitably lead to obsession with certain authors. (more…)